Chocolate Indulgence Stout | Brewery Ommegang

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Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate Indulgence offers a thick tan head of foam resting atop of the rich onyx-hued liquid. The aroma immediately speaks of dark chocolate and dark malts. The gentle herbal notes of perle hops compliments the darker aroma notes, making the beer fully savory to all the senses.

Added by BeerBeing on 09-27-2007

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle into a large mug.

A- Deep mahogany - black, and opaque. Pours with a massive, sturdy light brown head, which lingers for ages, finally settling into a thin cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S- An initial whiff of cocoa, roastiness, and dark fruits. As the beer warms only slightly, the cocoa smells are seemingly GONE, and only a slightly alcohol-tinged dark fruit smell remains.

T- Slightly sweet dark fruits. VERY slight, very fleeting hints of cocoa, and a slightly coffee-esque bitterness on the finish. Subsequent drinks leave me unable to discern any chocolate notes whatsoever. Pardon my French, but for a beer named "Chocolate Indulgence," where the &%$# is the chocolate? The sans-chocolate blend here is not very palatable.

M- Fairly low carbonation level, and very thin/watery.

D- Not too good.

Future outlook: Nope. Not only did the beer not come close to delivering what the name would lead one to expect, what it gave in exchange is not a pleasing surprise, nor an acceptable substitution.

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Photo of mjc410
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

My over-zealous pour into my brand-spanking-new Ommegang goblet raises a truly volcanic head that I had to let settle for a while. This thing hangs around and sets up camp. It's a sticky coffee-colored foam. Below, the beer is a near-opaque brownish-black. Wonderful!

The nose has dry cocoa powder up front, with some roasty stout and coffee aromas too. Little sour, maybe?

It has a mild but enjoyable flavor, with hefty dry roastiness and cocoa. There is perhaps a bit of a dark fruit flavor hiding behind the rest of this. Ends with sourness that leads to a final very dry finish. Pretty good, if possibly a bit too dry for me.

This is very thick and smooth on the palate. The carbonation is quite fine.

An easy drinking beer that makes you think. Hides the elevated alcohol content, too.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, poured into Duvel glasses. Debated using a goblet, but went with the tulips. After pouring, it seems that the bottle has a picture of the beer poured into a goblet. Oh well.

Appearance - may be full on black, if not then it is close. Head is the color of whipped chocolate milk. Lacing seems to be above average.

Smell - after the cork, it smelled like pure chocolate. In the glass the smell is of olives and chocolate both. Like olives rolled in cocopowder. Interesting. As it warms in the glass, the aroma becomes a little more like chocolate milk as the olive disappears.

Taste - chocolate, alongside noticeable malt and alcohol flavors, with the chocolate coming to the front on the swallow, receding into slightly hoppy on the finish, and then returning to chocolatey on the after taste.

Mouthfeel - thin, light, very smooth, nearly creamy.

Drinkability - this is not intended to be an every-day beer, and it wouldn't particularly suit every day drinking. But it is chocolaty and nice, especially as a desert beer. Would buy again, but I might not mind waiting until next year when they make more.

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Photo of TonyT
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into Ommegang Chalice
(Bottle was in the convenient 3 pack holiday gift sampler - very nice Ommegang)

Poured Dark brown with off-white/ light tan head. Could not pour this quickly, only giving less than an inch of head. But the lace retention was very good.

The smell offered roasted malts with light chocolate hints. Nothing crazy with this, just a steady smell.
The taste pulls through more of what the smell offers. Dryness in the front end with a thin light carbonated mouthfeel. This beer is more front and back end. Not alot in the middle, which is not a bad thing. The roast of the malts lingers, along with a slight yeasty flavor.

Can you have more than one pint, definitely.
This is a very pleasant beer that does not go over the top but is right down the middle.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a short tan head. Roasty cocoa aroma with an earthy yeastiness. I expected more chocolateyness (if that is a word), but the taste was still good. The Belgian chocolate's sweetness mixed with the yeast to produce a very nice sweet-and-sour combo similar to baker's chocolate. One of the better "Belgian" stout's I've had.

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Photo of Yesac
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - solid black with a small light brown head. laces the glass.

S - musky java tones with a hint of rich chocolate

T - Roasted malt and smokey flavors dominate along with a java tone. Certainly not a big chocolate taste like I was expecting. This is very much like a coffee stout.

M - Thin, and medium carbonated

D - to much muskyness makes this one not an easy drinker. The flavors aren't that interesting.

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Photo of MillRat
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml wire caged corked bottle. A gentle pour (so to not disturb the yeast at the bottle per the label's advice) raised a thin tan head on an appropriately dark brown brew. The head was persistent and left a little lacing.

Aroma was nearly absent, a little roastiness and malt, even at a warmer serving temperature.

Flavor was more like a Belgian dubbel with a perfunctory dose of roasted barley than a full-fledged stout, with a little chocolate roastiness coming through, but not anywhere near a level that would earn the "indulgence" moniker. Likewise the mouthfeel was quite light, in some respects due to the higher level of carbonation, but still not the richness that the label promises. There is some hop bitterness backing the roasted flavors, but it is definitely just bitterness, no real hop flavor or aroma to note. A light metallic aftertaste persisted, too.

I expected that this would be a one-bottle-at-a-time beer, given the richness that the name portends. It still is a one bottle beer, though not because it sates the senses so well. In fact, it does not overwhelm and the 7% ABV is not really noticeable. It is a one-bottle beer because it does not have enough complexity of flavors or artful presentation of the flavors it does possess to justify opening another 750 ml.

All in all, this is still a decent beer, just not one that lives up to what the label promises and the price tag demanded.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a foamy, light brown, two-finger head. It left some lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, molasses, caramel and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla and caramel. It even had a slight smoky taste.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I expected more chocolate flavor because of the name. Still a good Belgian ale.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown with huge tan foamy head. Beautiful roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of coffee, alcohol and fruit. Roasted chocolate maltiness with hints of coffee, toffee and a well balanced alcohol pesence. Very tasty.

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Photo of everetends
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle I got out of a Ommegang mix pack. Served up in a thin Ommegang goblet/chalice.

A: Pours a really nice dark black that lets barely any light in at all. Got a good finger of head from a careful pour, so the head is very vigourous. The head is dark mocha in color and has some serious staying power. It only recedes a touch and the head remains for the entire beverage experience. Lacing is spotty, leaving just a touch of soapy bubble goodness on the glass. Not a bad looking beer.

S: Smell is weak. Disappointing for sure. This one smells of some lightly roasted malt, a touch of coffee and just a bit of chocolate. Given the name, you would expect a stupid amount of chocolate assaulting the senses. Too bad because this is mild and not too great. Its not bad, but not what is expected at all.

T: Taste is a bit better. Once again, very nice roasted malt character coming through. Then you get a light cream and sugar coffee flavor. Then there is the chocolate. I was expecting a lot of varied chocolate flavor, but you only really get some smooth milk chocolate presence. Its not bad at all. It would get higher marks if it had a little more diversity in flavors.

M: This is the light side of medium. Its actually got decent carbonation that makes this go down very easily. ABV is not experienced on the palate at all. No aftertaste to mention, finishes pretty clean. Once again, needs tweaking because this could definately be thicker.

D: This is not a bad beer. Its got some decent flavors and very good to have with a tasting IMO, but I think it would be a better example of a chocolate stout that was very basic. This brew is basic but quick drinkable and accessible. Not bad at all, but absolutely has room for improvement.

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Photo of steelcutoats
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chocolate Indulgence

I bought an Ommegang gift pack down at the Headkeeper the other night while out with some fellow co-workers. It came with three 750 ml. bottles of Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, Three Philosophers, and Hennepin. Also included was an Ommegang glass. The Chocolate Indulgence pored into the glass with a creamy head, at least two fingers thick. There was a nice lacing along the inside of the glass that remained thought the drinking process. The aroma was laced with chocolate malts and leather. The taste was sublime. It is a mix of chocolate, hops, malt and goodness. This is definitely a beer to behold.

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Photo of mpyle
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Opaque in color, pours a good sized, tightly bubbled tan colored head with good retention. Leaves behind some lacing.

Aroma - Chocolate and some subtle alcohol. Relatively clean, but not overly malty or exciting. More roast character comes out as the beer continues to warm.

Taste - Chocolate and roast flavors up front, malty but not sweet. Finishes with a lingering roasty bitterness, tinged with a bit of alcohol.

MF - Med-full body, moderate carbonation, some alcohol warming but well controlled and in the style.

D'ability - In some ways drinks larger than a 7% ABV beer, and is heavy enough that it would be a special occasion only beer for me.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a chimay goblet.

A- At first there was a nice big mocha creme colored head sitting atop of a dark chocolate colored beer. The head left some nice lacing down the sides but it slowly went away.

S - Sweet milk chocolate with a hint of bitter coffee wafting up.

T - Overall, the beer has a hint of chocolate, with a hint of coffee as well. There is a slight taste of almost banana and clove as well that comes out a bit from it being a Belgian. It gives the beer a unique twist that separates it from your normal chocolate stout. The real problem with the beer is that it is really neither a chocolate stout, as it doesn't compare to the top tier, and it is not really a belgian stout either. It is just there and stuck in a mediocre middle land. i think Ommegang could have gone a bit further and at least made this rich and chocolately

MF - A bit thin in the mouth, light carbonation that leaves a nice tingle on the tongue; doesn't really have a nice thick and luscious mouthfeel that i would expect

D - Overall an interesting but not spectacular beer. Worth a try but not sometihng i'd actively seek out.

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Photo of scottg
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a jet black with a one finger tan head with solid retention and thick lacing. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, smoke, and cocoa. Roasted malt flavor up front: chocolate & coffee, with a nutty and bitter dark chocolate middle and a smooth creamy chocolate finish. Full body, medium carbonation, coats the tongue and sides of the mouth. Great drinkability, so smooth and flavorful.
Not brewed year round, so if you see it pick it up.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle the opens with a satisfying pop poured into a chalice.

Pours black with about a 1/2" of dark brown head. Aroma is very subdued, some malt, a bit of chocolate, and some whiffs of alcohol. Taste is mostly of some slightly bitter chocolate. There is a nice malt undertone throughout. Towards the finish there is a bit of alcohol and some darker fruits. Mouthfeel is pretty good, full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. This beer isn't the greatest chocolate stout but is enjoyable although quite subdued.

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Photo of charlesw
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well... Yeah. Right now it's listed as belgian strong dark. Works for me and I'll review it as such.

First off, it's a bummer that it's nearly twice the cost of an "ordinary" Ommegang beer! Dang! But, hey, looks like they had a lot of it around and I'd buy it again, you know?

I love the tiny bubbles... The tiny Belgian bubbles... Enough of them to actually give a small head. Whoa. It's still not long lived, but it's there. And the tiny bubbles... It smells chocolaty. And then you taste it. So, bear with me... But my first taste came like eating dry cocoa powder. Bitter cocoa, if you think there's a difference, eh? As in, it's pretty dry. I was surprised at the dryness. By the end of the first snifter (a whopping 4 oz) I was very used to the dryness and even relished it - when knowing what to expect, I couldn't wait for the next taste! Good stuff. I wish it didn't cost so much...

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

says 7% ABV right on the 750ml bottle.

A- black and thick just like an american stout with a really nice puffy, soft looking tan head. huge thick gobs of lace stick everywhere and it seems the foam will never go away. when it shrinks down some it becomes dense and creamy like a frothy cappuccino.

S- alot of chocolate and very warm in the nose. vanilla bean, mild coffee and dark fruits as well. raisins, date, fig, some smoky incense sandalwood type aromas and pipe tobacco. floral alcohol esters of quality french vodka and plenty of roasted malt, charred wood, whiskey, soil, and chocolate mousse. seems a little less harsh than a russian imperial stout with a softer creaminess to the aroma, no doubt from the inclusion of belgian chocolate. however, the nose isn't really any more chocolatey than other fine stouts. slight hop presence is earthy and herbal but gets lots amid the roasted and cocoa complexities. only very mild yeast, the existence of which could possibly be an illusion.

T- now THIS is chocolate. from start to finish, dark belgian chocolate is melting in my mouth, somewhere similar to 70% cacao. dark roast coffee as well with an intense roasted bitterness. woodsy, cigar, tobacco, brandy, thick resinous dark fruits, molasses, even faint notes of shiraz wine, blackberry and pepper. charred wood, charcoal, earthy hops, and even more chocolate. soil, compost, and darkness. cocoa sweetens out near the finish and takes on a milk chocolate character and the roasted malt fades. pleasant savory char lingers on the palate with some tartness and strong brewed mocha. lasting bitter somewhat herbal aftertaste.

MF- rich and smooth, borderline luscious, with a coating chocolate feel and resinous qualities about it. medium low carbonation, right where it needs to be.

D- though brewed in the belgian style, i have to review this as a stout because it shares almost no similarities with any BSDA i've ever had. its a stout, i don't care, it says it on the bottle and it sure as hell looks smells and tastes like one. and its a gooood one. chocolate flavor can get pretty intense after on glass.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

Pours coal black with a creamy cocoa head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts with a hint of caramel. Espresso cocoa, and some herbal hops round out the smell. Smells a bit boozy as it warms.

Roasted malt, cocoa, and espresso flavors upfront. Rather aggressive bitterness and pronounced herbal hop flavors midway through the finish. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Full body, creamy texture. Well carbonated.

While certainly a solid stout, definitely not enough chocolate flavor to justify the name. Worthy of a try, but not one of Ommegangs best.

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Photo of matty
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a slow fading creamy head.Aroma is faint chocolate.Taste is chocolate and espresso.Very smooth and drinkable.A good stout but I was hoping for a bigger chocolate taste.Overall good but not worth the 15.00 I shelled out for it.Good to try at least once.

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Photo of kenito799
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into tumblers.

This dark dark chocolate brown brew looks lovely, tan head of soft foam, lots of lace.

Aroma is roasted malty, coffee, cocoa. The flavor is strong with rasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, some espersso notes, but very smooth and balanced. A nicely bitter finish doesn't overwhlem. A wonderful stout...they call it BSDA which doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but for teh fruity notes in the aroma and flavor. This brew is more a Belgian-inflected American stout--whatever it is, a great job.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/10/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very dark black color body. Has some small tan head, but is diminishing. Flowery aroma, some dark fruits.Some chocolate too. Some alcohol.. Cigarette smoke taste. Some dark chocolate, and some bitter chocolate taste. Soft mouthfeel. Not a fan of cigarette smoke. Waxy mouthfeel. Stouty. Eh.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the liquor store in Tyngsborro, Mass. Pours an opaque dark brown/black body with around an inch of light tan head that slowly dissipates leaving some lacing. Roasty dark chocolate dominates the aroma, toasty, slightly burnt malt. Medium in body with ample carbonation. Flavor is definitely roasty and toasty, somewhat sweet, dark chocolate-like, slightly burnt, coffee... Baker's chocolate comes to mind... Dry on the finish, with roastiness dominating. Slightly smokey? Complex and roasty for sure, though not quite as chocolatey as the name would suggest IMO. Still a very solid Belgian-style stout, and one I'd definitely get again.

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Photo of ATPete
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on draft in a wine glass

Pours a thick and oily black color with a large chocolate brownie head. Mild nose of burnt malt, bitter chocolate and cream. Mostly the same notes go towards the flavor. I remember the bottles of this being more grainy and having powdery chocolate notes, none of this is apparent on draught, much more creaminess and chew going on in the mouth, better medium body IMO. Good drinkability, still not a stout thats going to change your life or anything but better than the bottles.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice.

A-Arrived at the table with a frothy, dark tan head, about one finger. Head remained through much of the drink, moderate. Good amount of lacing. Beer was black and opaque.

S-As one would expect, a strong chocolatey/cocoa aroma was the first thing I smelled. On top of that, some sweet and fruity esters.

T-An initial sweetness, followed immediately by hints of roasted coffee and strong, dark chocolate. No hop flavors, but a moderate bitterness countered the sweetness and nicely complimented the chocolatiness. Overall, a very hearty flavored beer.

M-Smooth with low-moderate carbonation. Felt thin overall, with some seeming chewiness. Alcoholic warmth was evident.

D-Good drinkability. With "chocolate" in the name, I expected an overpowering chocolate; I was surprised when the chocolate flavors instead melded well and complimented the rest of the beer's flavors.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang Chalice.

A - Pours a dark black with an inch head that subsided to a quarter, with good lacing.

S - Chocolate and a roasted aroma.

T - Fruits and chocolate. For a beer named Chocolate Indulgence, it doesn't have enough chocolate.

M - Medium, creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D - Yes it is.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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